2018 Season Key Membership Registration Dates

December 1, 2017 – Begin registration period for returning permanent members

February 16, 2018 – Firm deadline.  All returning permanent members must be registered and paid

Early March 2018 – Remaining membership slots to be offered to prospective “New Permanent” and “Summer” members





Almost the end of Summer…

And what a grand season 2017 has been for Bannockburn Swim Club. An undefeated team, more and more divers, cool raft nights and movies for young families and great workouts for grownups, along with new trees and charming lights under the pavilion roof.

Still a few more weeks left to enjoy, including Labor Day weekend and the final dog swim. Read below, also, to learn how to extend your swimming season at Mohican.

Upcoming Raft and Movie Night September 9
Back by popular demand, our next and last movie and raft night will be Saturday, September 9.  The raft party will be from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and then the family movie Moana from about 8:00 pm onward.  All rafts must be single-person rafts.  This makes it easier for our life guards to keep a watchful eye on the pool.  During raft night, all lap lanes will be closed.

Bannockburn Swim Club Last Day of the Season & Dog Swim
Sunday, September 10, marks the last day of the season at Bannockburn. The pool will close at 5pm that day for our annual dog swim. Members, feel free to bring your pooches for a dip. Even if you don’t have a dog, you won’t want to miss this annual event.

New Lights at the Pool
The LED pool lights are finally installed, thanks to the initiative and work of board member Mark Sincevich. They consist of three strands, with two dimmers at the entrance to the long and narrow section and then a third dimmer toward the back of the larger pavilion by the ping pong table. These lights will provide a glowing ambiance for the next raft and movie night and for family dinners near the pool.

Extended- Season Privileges at Mohican
As a part of your Bannockburn membership, you are invited to use Mohican Swim Club after Bannockburn closes for the season. Mohican’s hours, beginning Sept 11 are
Weekdays 6:30 am to 8:30 am and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Weekends 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Mohican will close for the season on October 8. And yes, their pool is heated.

Who’s Who at the Pool
Quick quiz: Who do you know at Bannockburn pool who was born in Vienna, grew up in England, earned an MA in Dance from NYU, and studied with Alwin Nikolais? If your answer is Marianne Ross, water aerobics instructor, you’re right. Marianne, a modern dance teacher by training, has led Bannockburn’s water aerobics class for over 25 years. She is a longtime Bannockburn resident, having moved here in 1961 when her husband accepted a post-doc at NIH. Her informal class is, Marianne explains, “improvisational so the body doesn’t become too habituated.” It’s a melange of yoga, kinesthesia—including fingers and toes—and modern dance. “Expect anything,” she tells her participants, who include both swimmers and nonswimmers and usually number 9-12 per session. The class started as water ballet for girls who wanted something other than swim team. It is open to any Bannockburn member, free of charge, and meets twice a week in the morning. We are fortunate to have an instructor of Marianne’s caliber and experience and look forward to her continuing these popular workouts in 2018.

Comments or Suggestions about our Swim Club?
Please make them known to the manager on duty while you are at the club or send an email to info@bannockburnpool.com. Thank you.

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
—–William Faulkner

Splashing into August!

We’re more than half way through the 2017 swim season and about to enter a more peaceful pool time. Swim and dive teams will be finishing up, lap lanes will start becoming emptier, and late summer memberships will open. Still, fun activities await. Read on about the new raft night, more movies, food trucks, and continuing aerobics and stroke clinics. Plunge into it all!

Late Season Memberships Available
If your neighbors or friends would like to join Bannockburn Swim Club for the end of the 2017 season, please tell them memberships are now available. Check out this link for information about cost, dates, and privileges.

Invitation for Members’ Friends and Family 
Have friends, family, or a new neighbor who might want to check out our pool and join for the late season or next summer?  Bring them—free of charge—the weekend of July 28-30.  Just tell the front desk your guests are part of the friends and family event so you can save your guest passes for another time.

Floating Around on Inaugural Raft Night
Raft night drew floaters of all ages to the pool on  Friday, July 21.  Fan favorites included a pineapple, a gummy bear, and a hot dog raft.

Upcoming Raft Night and Movie
Since our first raft night was so well received, we are organizing the next one Saturday, August 56:30-8:00 pm.  All rafts must be single-person rafts.  This makes it easier for our life guards to keep a watchful eye on the bottom of the pool.  During raft night, all lap lanes will be closed.  Immediately following the flotilla party, we’ll have a screen on the green and show a family-friendly movie (look out for a separate notice for final details).

Tacos El Rey Friday, July 28
It’s sizzling hot so why not take a break from cooking and come down to the pool and eat delicious, authentic tacos al aire libre poolside?  This will be our last food truck of the season, and it will be serving from 6:00 pm onward.

Bravo Dolphins!
The Bannockburn Dolphins swim team completed an undefeated season this past weekend with a win in the end-of-season divisional swim meet.  Congratulations to all the swimmers as well as to coaches Malena Lair-Ferrari, Jason Tillotson, Jake Winter, and Jeff Su.  Next season the Dolphins will compete in division F.

Strong Participation in Swim-a-Thon
On Sunday July 16, 39 Bannockburn members joined together to swim for a great cause at this year’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Swim-A-Thon.  The group ranged in age from six years old to “over 60,” and together they swam more than 36 miles.  That’s more than the width of the English Channel at some points.  More than half of our swimmers covered a mile, and 70%  swam at least 40 lengths.  So far our group has raised more than $2,300. There is still time to donate by following this link.  Thanks to everyone who participated and donated!

Seniors Rule! 
The Adult Swim Stroke Clinic was enjoyed by five participants on Monday July 17 at 10:00 am, under the direction of head Swim Coach Malena Lair Ferrari. The clinic carries on Monday, July 24, 10:00 am and Friday July 28, 8:00 am and will go on into August.

The Water Aerobics classes continue with enthusiastic participation. Eight members enjoyed the July 18 class under Mary Anne Ross’s direction. The Tuesday and Friday classes are 10:30 to 11:15 am through August 11.

Who’s Who at the Pool
We are very fortunate this season to have found another talented head diving coach, Nicole (“Niki”) Glazer. Niki is a diving lifer. She grew up in Chevy Chase, went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, won the Montgomery County Dive League All-Star meet in 2001, and spent summers diving for Rock Creek, historically one of the most competitive programs in the Montgomery County Dive League. She started coaching there, first as an assistant, and then as head coach, for nearly a decade of summer league coaching experience. Niki competed for BCC, where she won the 1M Springboard event at Metros in 2010, and also for the Montgomery Dive Club, where she finished tenth in 10M Platform at USA Diving Nationals. She also excelled in Division I college diving at The University of Louisville, where she competed in the Big East Championships.

Since college, Niki has worked on cruise ships as a Recreation Director, and we’re lucky to have landed her while she’s taking a break from the high seas for a few months. Throughout this 2017 season, Niki has inspired, encouraged, and enthusiastically supported our Dolphin divers, both new and experienced, with great results. (A win, a tie, and a bunch of divers likely to qualify for the All-Star meet.)

We hope her ship gets stuck somewhere remote, without her on board, so that we can have her again next season!

The truth is always an abyss. One must—as in a swimming pool—dare to dive from the quivering springboard of the trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again—laughing and fighting for breath—to the now doubly illuminated surface of things. 

Franz Kafka

Swimming Through July

Not yet halfway through the summer, we still have much to look forward to at the pool: more meets, both swimming and diving; the Crab feast; encore movie nights; the Swim-a-Thon, longer hours for Early Bird Swim; and all those delicious food truck nights.  Read on to see what else is in store.

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Hello Summer!


This week, now that school is out, Bannockburn Swim Club has swung into full gear. Look for old and new activities for all ages.  Aside from the swim and dive teams, there are early bird swims, the Swim-a-Thon, family movie nights, food trucks, and water activities for adults.

Keep up with everything by reading the newsletter and checking the website.  And have a marvelous, water-filled summer.

Longer Pool Hours in June and July

Due to popular demand, Bannockburn Swim Club has expanded hours to stay open from 10:30 am until 8:30 pm every day of the week in June and July.  Enjoy!

Flick & Food Truck This Saturday Night
Our first family movie night will be this Saturday, June 24, when we will screen “Finding Dory” at 8 PM, right after swimming ends.  Grab a lounge chair and a snuggly blanket to watch this children’s classic under the stars.  Balkinik food truck will be serving delicious Mediterranean and Balkan food, and the Tikki Treats truck will be serving Hawaiian shaved ice and healthy smoothies.

Save the Date for Our Crab Feast
Our annual Crab Feast is scheduled for July 8 at 7 PM.  Cost will be $40 a person.  This is a not-to-be missed event. In addition to some of Maryland’s finest crabs, there will be cedar plank salmon, salad, and corn on the cob. There will also be plenty of beer, wine, and other beverages.   Be on the look-out for RSVP information and details on our website and in the next newsletter.

Swim-a-Thon for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
On Sunday, July 16, Bannockburn Swim Club will swim to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and to improve patients’ and families’ quality of life.  Here’s how the swim-a-thon works:

  • Anyone—moms, dads, grandparents, cousins—can swim the laps.
  • You can donate online any time at http://events.lls.org/pages/nca/Bannockburn2017. Or put your donation in the box at the pool. Or give it to Malena Lair Ferrari, swim-a-thon coordinator, making your check payable to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • You can also “pledge” directly to a swimmer. For example, you could promise $0.25 or $0.50 per lap.

Last year, our swim club raised almost $5,000. We would like to reach or exceed that goal this year. Please help. You can start pledging today. Any questions? Contact Malena at malenal@comcast.net.

Memorial Day: Cooler and Cooler
Record numbers showed up for our Memorial Day BBQ this year.  King Neptune (pictured here) kicked off the festivities with a kids bike parade, which was followed by the BBQ and a jello-eating contest—enjoyed by adults and children alike.  Cool tunes by a Caribbean reggae band set the vibe. In case you missed the fun this time, we plan on an exact repeat next year.  A special thanks to all the volunteer pool board members, who worked together to make this day a great success.
Swim Lessons
Private or group swim lessons for all ages are available through our Bannockburn Swim Team coaching staff.  Private lessons are open to anyone, any age, and any experience level. These are perfect for swimmers wanting individualized attention and specific feedback on their strokes.
Group lessons are limited to 8 & under swimmers with minimal to no swimming experience. Group lessons are ideal for swimmers who do not meet the minimum requirements for pre-team participation. For a group lesson to be confirmed, we’ll need a minimum of three participants. Follow the links below for more information, pricing and to sign-up:
Private Lessons and Sign Up
Group Lessons and Sign Up

Who’s Who at the Pool
Who knew what an accomplished young woman Bannockburn Swim Team’s head coach, Malena Lair Ferrari, is? Many of us have seen her working with the swim teams over nine seasons, as junior, assistant, and co-head coach. Some remember her as a Bannockburn swimmer herself since age 5 (see photo insert of her then). But did you know she swam for the Argentine National Swim Team and is in the Argentine Hall of Honor because of her records in the 800 and 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay? Did you know that Malena, 25, is a dual Argentine and Austrian citizen and speaks Spanish and German? She graduated from the German School and Ursinus College, where she majored in exercise and sports science, with a minor in coaching. Today Malena is a busy woman: She coaches at Sea Devils, substitutes in physical education at the Holton Arms School, and works at the physical therapy clinic in Bethesda, leading exercises for patients who have orthopedic problems after surgery. In addition to her jobs, Malena loves volleyball and is also a certified zumba instructor. She hopes to continue her studies by earning a doctorate in physical therapy.
We are tremendously fortunate to have Malena—who is also leading this year’s Swim-a-Thon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society—coaching the Dolphins again this season.
!Bravo, Malena!

Summer Food Truck Lineup
It’s summer.  It’s time to relax and not worry about cooking.  Come down to the pool and support these small family-owned businesses.  Trucks usually set up at 5:00 pm and serve until they run out of food or pool closing.  The food truck schedule is also on the calendar section of our website. 

June 24 Balkanik
June 30 Go Fish
July 7 Peruvian Brothers
July 14 Curly’s BBQ
July 21 Holy Crepes
July 28 Tacos El Rey

Interested in Triathalons?
Triathlons are a fast growing sport for all. If you can run, bike, and swim, you might enjoy a triathlon. The most popular is the Sprint Triathlon: 1/2 mile swim, 12-15 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. The Nation’s Tri on Sept. 10 features Sprint, Olympic and Duathlons.  John Noble, johnanoble@mac.com, has competed in over 30 Triathlons and is encouraging others of all ages to enjoy the sport. Write him for encouragement and to answer questions you may have. If there is interest, we may put together a team for the Nation’s Tri, or do a mini Tri at our pool and in the neighborhood, or both.

Lots for Adults at the Pool This Summer
It’s not all swim team. For adults who want to perfect their skills or enjoy camaraderie and exercise in the water, three options are available:

  • Early Bird Swim: Monday-Friday, 6:30 am to 8:00 am. Free to members.
  • Water Aerobics: Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11:15, June 22-August 10. To register, call Marianne Ross at 301-229-6690. Free to members.
  • Adult Stroke Clinics: Mondays, 10:15 am and Fridays, 8:00 am. No registration needed.  If interested in an evening session, write mmgriggs@gmail.comCost: $12 per half hour, payable to coach Malena Lair Ferrari

How to Know if the Pool is Closed
Want to get TEXT ALERTS about sudden changes to swim club hours because of weather or other unexpected events? Text bburnpool to 662-200-4303 or go to https://mobile-text-alerts.com/subscribe/bburnpool  Opt out at any time by texting the word “unsubscribe” to 662-200-4303.

Safety Reminder
Broken glass is a safety issue for all members and guests.  The operating rules of BSC state “no glass containers of any kind are allowed on the pool property.”  This includes bottes, drinking glasses, and other glass containers.

During a long swim I’m left with my own thoughts. My mind drifts in a mesmerized world. It’s hypnotic. My subconscious comes to the fore…It’s dreaming hours on end.   Diana Nyad


Summer 2017 Season Officially Kicks-Off Saturday May 27!

Whether you’ve been with us since the Swim Club first opened in 1956, or you are a new member this year – welcome to the best time of year!

The following is the first of several periodic newsletters and notifications you will receive throughout the summer to keep you abreast of all of the fun at the Club.

Opening Weekend at Bannockburn
The pool is scheduled to be open 10:30am to 7:30pm this Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22.  It will be closed during the following work week but reopen for the summer on Saturday May 28.  For details on all Club operating hours go to the BSC homepage.

Spring Swimming continues at Mohican
Bannockburn’s extended swim initiative at Mohican Swim Club makes it possible to jump in the pool today. All Bannockburn members have access to Mohican right now…read more here.

Bannockburn Dolphins Swim Team Registration is Open
Summer swim team is almost here!  Find out more about our swim team programs and schedule.  The first practice is Tuesday May 30.  Get all the info and sign up on the swim team home page.

Who’s Who at the Pool
The 2017 pool manager is not a newcomer to Bannockburn Swim Club. Max Palermo, 19, has been assistant manager for five years and swam on the Bannockburn team as a boy. As he takes over from last year manager Ryan Chitwood, Max says his goals are “keeping everyone safe and keeping a good atmosphere” at the pool. He has just finished his freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is interested in business studies. Before university, Max attended the Waldorf School, Pyle, and Whitman. He played on the baseball team in high school, supports the Yankees and the Giants, and reports that he likes staying active outdoors.


Memorial Day Activities

Please join us in the parking lot of the Bannockburn Swim Club on Monday, May 29 at 3:00pm for our inaugural Memorial Day Parade.  Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers, or other rolling vehicles in patriotic colors – red, white and blue.   We will have prizes for the best decorated wheels!   Friends and neighbors of pool members are most welcome to join the fun as we loop around the neighborhood streets surrounding the pool.   And best of all, King Neptune will lead our glorious procession!

Following our parade, at about 4:00pm, please make plans to join us for the Memorial Day Picnic. Grilled burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, chips, watermelon, and drinks will be available until the food runs out.  New this year – live music! This is one of our most popular events of the season so don’t be late.

Jello Eating Contest
Ah, jello.  How can you not love jello?  During our Memorial Day BBQ  we will have a jello-eating contest for children of all ages.  They will be placed in age categories to level the playing field.  Prizes will go to the top three winners in each category.  The contest will begin at 5:00pm at the picnic tables near the grills at the back lawn of the pool.

Summer Food Truck Lineup
Don’t feel like cooking dinner at the end of a busy week? Don’t worry. We have you covered.  Every Friday evening in June and July we’ll have a different food truck selling diverse food from 5 to 7 pmor until they run out. Come out and support these local, small family-operated businesses.   The food truck schedule will also be on the calendar section of our website. 

June 9 Hardy’s BBQ
June 16 Holy Crepes
June 23 Balkanik
June 30 Go Fish
July 7 Peruvian Brothers
July 14 Curly’s BBQ
July 21 Holy Crepes
July 28 Tacos El Rey

Swim Lessons
Private or group swim lessons for all ages are available through our Bannockburn Swim Team coaching staff. Private lessons are open to anyone, any age, and any experience level. These are perfect for swimmers wanting individualized attention and specific feedback on their strokes. Group lessons are limited to 8 & under swimmers with minimal to no swimming experience. Group lessons are ideal for swimmers that do not meet the minimum requirements for pre-team participation. For a group lesson to be confirmed, we’ll need a minimum of three participants. Follow the links below for more information, pricing and to sign-up:
Private Lessons and Sign Up
Group Lessons and Sign Up

If you prefer to sign up for private swim lessons directly with one of the swim team coaches, you are welcome to reach out to any of them directly as well. Background on our coaches and their contact info appears here.

Adult Stroke Clinic: No, Not That Kind of Stroke
This clinic, offered for the second season, will help you improve your strokes in all styles.  Swim team head coach Malena Ferrari will give individual pointers to adults on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. and Fridays at 8:00am. No need to register. Cost: $12 per person for 30 minutes, payable to Malena at each session. The clinic will start Monday, June 19. If there is enough interest, and if Malena is available, we will try to offer an evening session. Please write mmgriggs@gmail if you are interested in an early evening clinic.

Popular Water Aerobics Again This Year
Join us for the first water aerobics class on Tuesday, June 20. We are fortunate to have Marianne Ross again leading her popular class every Tuesday and Friday, 10:30 -11:15 am, for eight weeks ending with the August 10 class.  No previous experience, no fees, nor registration required; come when you can make it.  For further information, call Marianne at 301.229.6690 or (c)240.425.2348; email cinthec@verizon.net.

Early Bird Swim
Beginning Monday June 19, the pool will be open for lap swimmers from 6:30am to 8:00am Monday through Friday.

Add An Email Address
If you want to add or change email addresses associated with your Swim Club account to ensure others in your family get these Club emails as well, please log in to your member account from the Bannockburn Swim Club homepage and add email addresses.